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The Sensible Taxation and Equity Promotion (STEP) Act and the 99.5 Percent Act were two bills introduced in the U.S. Senate. In a research study, the Agriculture and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University found that if both the STEP Act and the 99.5 Percent Act were simultaneously implemented, 92 of the 94 representative farms in their study would be impacted, with additional tax liabilities incurred averaging $1.43 million per farm.
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), in partnership with Farm Credit, is accepting applications for the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Now in their eighth year, Farm Bureau and Farm Credit, are looking to identify ten entrepreneurs who are creating innovative solutions that address the needs of American farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
Oh my Gourdness!
The idea of carving pumpkins is most likely still overlooked by thoughts of the pool and sunny days, but for my family and me, the magic of pumpkins and gourds is in full bloom…Literally!
What's happening on the local farms
Lack of rainfall in late May and June brought drought conditions to the area but July rains reduced the impact and improved yield potential, especially for field corn. The corn pollination went well is looking good. Soybeans are showing more impact from weather extremes.
Dollars to donuts: The great State Fair returns
We park the van, help the kids set up 4-H exhibits and make a beeline to the donut stand. Through the glass display in the mobile food trailer at the Illinois State Fair, we watch a machine pump out mini rings of donut batter into what resembles a lazy river of hot cooking oil. The donuts sizzle as they move along the channel of oil before a turner flips them to fry the opposite side. A worker coats the donuts in granulated sugar and serves them in quantities as large as commemorative plastic pails.
The Plant is located in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago at 1400 W. 46th St. The Plant is a research and production facility comprising a collaborative community of small food businesses. Owned by Bubbly Dynamics, the Plant is a former meatpacking plant in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago. The Plant now serves as a living laboratory that demonstrates techniques for reimagining waste as a resource, achieving economies of scale, and incubating small businesses.
Join us as we kick off the Cook County Farm Bureau Summer Selfie Contest! We are holding this contest to obtain usable and appropriate photos that accurately portray today’s agriculture in Cook County. Win one of three cash prizes in three different categories in June, July, and August.
"May I Take Your order?"
My wife, the beautiful and talented Mrs. CCFB Manager, has a belief that all people (especially young adults) should be required to be a “server” in the restaurant industry as an important training ground for life and dealing with people. I believe she is correct (not just because she is my wife). Serving as a waiter, waitress, or hostess places a person in the front line.